I actually feel sorry for the regular Huffington Post/AOL employees who will get hit by this. I am utterly unsurprised that it happened, but I can feel bad for the regular employees while noting that we knew that this was going to happen:
“Obamacare is an additional $7.1 million expense for us as a company, so we have to decide whether or not to pass that expense to employees or whether to cut other benefits,” AOL’s Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong told CNBC Thursday morning. AOL is the parent company of The Huffington Post.
Beginning Jan. 1, AOL stopped depositing matching funds into employee 401(k) accounts each pay period. The company will now make one yearly lump-sum deposit of those matching funds into retirement accounts, at the beginning of each year.
Continue reading @HuffPostPol discovers what happens when you remove energy from a system. #obamacare
“Hypocrisy,” of course.
It’s very entertaining to watch Newsbusters hammer AOL and the Huffington Post for their rank hypocrisy in banning Andrew Breitbart from the latter’s front page for calling Van Jones a commie punk somewhere else, while letting Bill Maher stick around even though he used the c and t-words* somewhere else. It’s even more entertaining to watch AOL and HuffPo try to put up a Cone of Silence on the subject. But if you really want to hit AOL hard on this – and it has to be AOL; obviously, Arianna Huffington is comfortable with having one standard for people on the Right who make statements, and another with people on the Left who make infinitely worse statements – then you have to hit them in the only place that you can; their pocketbooks. Which is very, very difficult, of course.
Oh, by the way: did you know that AOL still has 2.5 million actual subscribers, despite the fact that they don’t actually offer access that’s more sophisticated than dial-up? Seriously. If you have high-speed already, that $9.99/month plan pays for dial-up backup service; if you don’t actually need dial-up, you can keep your AOL account for free.
Moe Lane Continue reading #rsrh AOL, Huffington Post, Bill Maher, and the h-word.
[UPDATE] Welcome, Hot Air readers. Also: nice job scoring the interview, Ed.
Full disclosure: Mark Impomeni, who had been previously fired from AOL, is a RedState colleague. Caleb Howe, who no longer writes for AOL, is a RedState colleague. I have previously banned Tommy Christopher from RedState – and now follow him on Twitter and have linked to him when appropriate, because that banning was strictly business, nothing personal. I used to buy Playboy when I was much younger, but only for the pictures of naked women. I used to use AOL, back when you got charged for the amount of time that you spent online.
I think that covers it.
So, to review: a misogynistic writer for Playboy’s website wrote a column (screenshot here) listing the top ten conservative women who he’d like to rape*. The conservative blogosphere, not expecting this sort of story to start appearing before, say, October of 2011, reacted with a snarl; joined in by several liberal members of the blogosphere. Then one of the liberal critics (Tommy Christopher) got fired by AOL. Meanwhile, Playboy pulled the article…
Yes, a liberal blogger for AOL got fired, right after he published a swiftly-removed criticism of the Playboy piece. Continue reading Newsbusters: AOL is lying about the Playboy Rape List firing.